Electro Velvet to represent the UK in Vienna

The BBC has unveiled their internally selected entry which is heading to the Final on Saturday 23rd May. Electro Velvet will perform the track Still in Love with You for the United Kingdom in Vienna. 

Revealed on the BBC Red Button service tonight following the latest edition of The Voice UK, BBC Radio 1 DJ and Semi Final commentator Scott Mills introduced Electro Velvet to the viewers. As in previous years the announcement has been a well kept secret ahead of tonight.

Electro Velvet are made up of vocalists Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas and Still in Love with You is their debut song which has been selected from hundreds of entries following an open selection process conducted by the BBC. The track is described as up tempo electro-swing and has been written by David Mindel and Adrian Bax White.
Speaking about being chosen to perform in front of the Eurovision audience Alex says: "I feel incredibly privileged and humbled to be representing the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, for this massively historic 60th anniversary event. We have a fantastic song and will work as hard as is humanly possible to bring the contest home and make our great nation proud. It’s time to get this party started! See you in Vienna!"

Bianca, the female singer of the act has said: "I am so proud to have been chosen to be a part of the world’s biggest song contest. It’s such an honour to represent the UK, especially in its 60th year too! I have never been to Austria before, and I can’t wait to get out to Vienna and do my best, and I hope to make the UK proud!"

Electro Velvet for the UK along with the rest of the big 5, Australia and this years hosts Austria are all fast-tracked directly to the final.

United Kindgom at the Eurovision Song Contest

Having debuted at the 2nd Eurovision in 1957 the UK has had 5 wins across the years. Their very first win was Sandie Shaw with Puppet on a String in 1967. Next in 1969 Lulu won in a four way tie alongside Spain, Netherlands and France with Boom Bang a Bang. It was 1976 before they next took the Grand Prix when Brotherhood of Man and Save Your Kisses for Me managed to run away with a 20 point lead over that years second place, France. Bucks Fizz were the next winners with Making Your Mind Up in 1981 and their last win to date was Katrina and the Waves with Love Shine a Light in 1997.
Alongside the 5 wins they have finished in 2nd place a total of 15 times. The last occasion this happened was at home during the Birmingham contest of 1998.
In between some of the most well known names flew the flag for the UK such as Cliff Richard, Olivia Newton John, Michael Ball, Sonia and Gina G.

Each time the UK won the contest they hosted and have stepped in to host the show a further 3 times meaning the Eurovision has been staged in the UK more times than in Ireland, their nearest neighbour and the country with the most Eurovision wins.

Since the year 2000 the UK has finished top 5 just twice; in Tallinn 2002 with Jessica Garlick who was joint 3rd and in Moscow 2009 with Jade Ewen who came in 5th place. Last year newcomer Molly Smitten-Downes was selected through the corporations new music platform BBC Introducing and went to Copenhagen with the anthemic self penned Children of the Universe. Performing last in the line up of the 2014 final she managed to score 40 points in total, finishing 17th place on the night.

Stay with Eurovisionary for all the United Kingdom news in the lead up to this years contest

To see the quirky video for Still in Love with You click below

Source: EuroVisionary, BBC
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